By Mark Carroll - Blog Coordinator
Duke fans were in for another treat in the third game of the night as Ryan Kelly and D1 Sports squared off with Kyrie Irving and Hendrick of Durham.
The game remained close throughout a high scoring first quarter, as Kelly's accurate shooting from the field was countered by Chris Hill's attack for the high percentage shot. Hill threw down a pair of two-handed dunks at the end of the opening period, but D1 Sports held on to a 26-23 lead.
Michael Deloach and NCCU sophomore Nick Chasten contributed several buckets for Hendrick of Durham in the second quarter, but James Crowder and Jared Johnson each found their way to the free throw line to extend the lead for D1 Sports. Kelly's slam dunk with 20 seconds remaining stretched the deficit to nine and left Hendrick of Durham trailing at halftime by a score of 48-39.
Hendrick of Durham stepped up in the third quarter, racking up points to close the gap. Irving's breakaway lay-up followed by a pair of free throws by Deloach brought the score within two, but Jeffrey Hunter's three for D1 Sports put an end to the run.
With just over three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Chasten hit the second of two free throws to trim the difference to two, but it was as close as Hendrick of Durham would get. Hunter answered with another three pointer, and D1 Sports never recovered. Kelly scored 21 points and Crowder had 18 points as D1 Sports pulled off the win by a margin of 79-72.